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Amazonian psychedelic ayahuasca may ease severe depression

The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes. Apollo/flickr, CC BY-SA
Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca. Photo: Apollo/flickr
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes. Apollo/flickr, CC BY-SA
Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca. Photo: Apollo/flickr

“Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a...

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